Choral Concert Repertoire Includes Biblical Dramas, Art and Folk Songs

Choral Concert Repertoire Includes Biblical Dramas, Art and Folk Songs

3/20/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus will present an eclectic choral concert program ranging from Biblical dramas to art and folk songs on Sunday, March 25, at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, professor of Music and director of Choral Activities, will conduct the University Choir and Chamber Singers with Dr. Timothy Guenther accompanying on organ and piano. The University Choir will perform several Biblical dramas reflecting the text in a manner that highlights the strength, sadness, joy or anger contained therein. Pieces will include Lotti’s Crucifixus, Stroope’s The Lamentations of Jeremiah, Philips’ Ascendit Deus, Thomas’ Rockin' Jerusalem as well as Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord by Moore with soloists Drew Berlin (Barberton) and Mark Gorsuch (Ashland); and Saul by Hovland with Jake Riley (Wooster) and Ian Kieffer (Marion) as narrators.

The Chamber Singers will perform selections from two of the great sets of choral songs with four pieces from Brahms' Song and Romances (Opus 93a) including The Humpbacked Fiddler, O Sweet May, Take Heed!, and Farewell; followed by Debussy’s Three Songs of Charles of Orleans (God! She if Fair; When I Hear the Tambourine with soloist Rachel Kelly (Columbus); and Winter, You're Nothing But a Rogue).

Directed by Ashland University alumna Julie Strebler-Renner and accompanied by Susan Gregg, the Women’s chorus' selections will begin with the American folk song Hello, Girlsarranged by Pfautsch; and Silvey’s Bloom, a celebration of spring; followed by And Miriam Sang by Highben which is based on Exodus 15:21. Their program will conclude with J. David Moore’s arrangement of the Appalachian folk song Will the Circle be Unbroken.

For more information about the Choral Concert or the Department of Music, visit or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###